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Moldova: EU-funded programme helps with sustainable forest use

March 2, 2016

Solutions to illegal logging - a major issue affecting sustainable forest management in Moldova - were the focus of a recent workshop organised in the framework of the EU-funded Forest Law Enforcement and Governance Programme, FLEG II in Chisinau. The event brought together local public authorities as well as various initiatives and international projects, including the EU-funded Clima East.

 

The FLEG II reports that in cooperation with local and international stakeholders it has contributed to providing around 21,300 ha of community forestlands with forest management plans. Moldova is a mosaic landscape country where more than two thirds of the territory is covered by agricultural crop fields. According to FLEG II, the remaining forest and pasture land patches are an important resource for the local population.

 

“Local communities can benefit from forest and pastures only if these resources are managed sustainably; this sustainability needs to be ensured, especially when changes in environment (e.g. climate change, droughts, floods) are so visible and Moldova is so vulnerable to such phenomena”, said Aurel Lozan, FLEG II Country Coordinator in Moldova.

 

According to FLEG II, the value of the goods and services that Moldovan forest ecosystems provide was about $68.84 million in 2014, while the loss from unsustainable management was roughly estimated at $1,6 million in 2014. (EU Neighbourhood Info)

 

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